NFL Mock Draft – Sit & Pick

This version of a mock draft is called “Sit and Pick,” which is based on a combination of NFL club needs and roster analysis. For teams to just sit and pick is not the reality of the draft process as we know it, of course; however, the order that follows serves to help paint a true picture each organization’s priorities given its existing makeup and depth.

How will the 32 teams attack a very capable free-agent class? Will there be a big splash early? Conversely, will teams prefer to add key players and fill hot spots late, potentially influencing how they approach May’s festivities in New York City? Building the roster with youth, especially through the yearly NFL draft, is the key to maintaining a successful NFL franchise. Throughout my years in the front office, the ultimate road to consistent excellence boiled down to drafting, developing and resigning your youngsters.

The 2014 draft is loaded with talent. It may be the most talented draft class in the last 20 years, in fact, with stars-in-waiting across the board. The 102 total underclassmen, including 98 juniors and four red-shirt sophomores, will provide quality value throughout all rounds. Most of the seniors will hear their names called as the three-day event winds to a close.

Here is my first mock draft version.

1. Houston – Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida

2. St. Louis – from Washington*  Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

3. Jacksonville – Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

4. Cleveland – Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

5. Oakland – Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

6. Atlanta – Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

7. Tampa Bay – Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

8. Minnesota – Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

9. Buffalo – Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

10. Detroit – Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

11. Tennessee – Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

12. NYG – Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

13. St. Louis  – Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

14.. Chicago – Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State

15. Pittsburgh – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

16. Dallas – Ra’shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

17. Baltimore – C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama

18. NYJ – Marqise Lee, WR, Southern California

19. Miami – Zach Martin, OT, Notre Dame

20. Arizona – Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

21. Green Bay – Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

22. Philadelphia – Calvin Pryor, DB, Louisville

23. Kansas City – Odell Beckham, WR, LSU

24. Cincinnati – Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

25. San Diego – Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

26. Cleveland from Indianapolis* – Ryan Shazier, CB, Ohio State

27. New Orleans – Dee Ford, DE, Auburn

28. Carolina – Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia

29. New England – Louis Nix, NT, Notre Dame

30. San Francisco – Jammie Ward, DB, Northern Illinois

31. Denver – Stephon Tuitt, DT, Notre Dame

32. Seattle – Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

I’ll detail all 32 teams’ specific needs next Monday, March 10.

  • Dgw33

    This is the worst mock I’ve seen. Rams 2nd overall is from Washington not the 13th. And why would the rams go for a DT when we have Langford and brockers and when we need secondary help more than anything.

    • Phil

      Yeah I have to agree, this would be a terrible draft for the Rams. If they can’t get another kings ransom to trade down the pick has to be Robinson or Clowney. Two elite prospects and freak athletes, Matthews is good but he’s not better than Robinson or worth number two. And how could someone who covers the rams not know the second pick is from the skins, not 13?